I’m a ginormous fan of villains.
I suspect this is on account of my evil* overlord side. (I also have a tendency to write my books by the villain’s perspective.) But if there is a villain in a movie or book, there is a huge likelihood I will because invested in their tragic backstory.
Oh, keep calm, my squigglings. This isn’t because I approve of evil. I’m fascinated by the psychology behind making bad decisions. I’m curious about whether people who make continual bad decisions genuinely want to wreak havoc, or if they have (warped) positive intentions. It’s not as simple as “the good guy” and the “bad guy” and THAT’S what interests me.
- Luke Castellan: This is one of the villains in the Percy Jackson series, who Annabeth has a soft spot for and, well, SO DO I. I hardly think Luke is all that evil. Same reasons as Loki apply in the parentage realm too (except that his father purely didn’t care about him).
- Loki: But we can all believe that Loki is just going through a bit of rebellion, right? Normal childhood stuff. He’s misunderstood. He was also kidnapped as a child, so, um, counselling may help.
- Caine Soren: He’s from the Gone series by Michael Grant (which I flail obsessively over). He’s a little psychopath. But he doesn’t always want to be evil. It’s like anger management issues. And he has a good streak.
- Count Olaf: Okay, he’s disgusting. In A Series of Unfortunate Events he maliciously and cruelly stalks the Baudelaire orphans for their fortune. But he DOES rescue Kit Snicket in book 13. (Fan theory: Kit’s baby is actually his child.)
- Just about Every Second Villain in Supernatural: Don’t hurt me, but most of them I feel massively sorry for. Even Meg. But especially Crowley…he just wants a friend…
They have sad, sad little lives and they’re not that bad…
Not that I’m excusing their evil…but, well. They’re likeable despite being psychopaths, basically. (Not The Joker though. He is a nutcase.)
* I am quite dastardly, I’ll have you know. I stole chocolate from my sister once (she noticed, but I’m choosing to believe it was my evil aura that kept her from doing anything…not the fact that she purely didn’t care and that I’d also given her the chocolate in the first place so stealing it was no great loss. But I digress…majorly.)
I recently read Fairest by Marissa Meyer and it got me thinking…
It’s a prequel for The Lunar Chronicles that expands the backstory of the villain, Queen Levana. It really made me understand (but still loathe, because, let’s face it, Levana is the murdering-kittens type) the series’ villain. But it reminded me of all the villains that I WISH had their own novels.
Trust me, there is quite a list.
Although my list isn’t exclusively for villains I like… I also have gobs and gobs of villains I HATE but who I’m still curious about. What drove them to evil intentions? What was their childhood like? WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF THEIR TRAGIC BACKSTORY?
Valentine Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments
This dude is seriously mean. I think he was raised on lemons and given small thorns to consume for meals. He raises hell (literally) and tries to wipe out whole races. He’s the Shadowhunters’ Hitler almost. But I am curious to what made him that way. Did he just wake up one morning and say, “Yup…today is the day for my evil demise.” Why is his mind so twisted? (Although for the record I HATE VALENTINE WITH THE FURY OF A THOUSAND PRICKLES.
Cadence from Breaking Butterflies
I am not a fan of this book. But also don’t think Cadence is a real villain. He’s diagnosed with sociopathy (also leukaemia) and he does some incredibly cruel things — like slashing his best friend’s face with a knife when they were just kids. The book is told from Sphinx’s perspective, BUT, what if it had been Cadence?! What is he thinking when he does awful things? How is his brain justifying it and acting on it?
The Evil King of Ardalan in Throne of Glass
I googled, but I don’t actually know what his name is (!!) which I feel is equally intriguing and annoying. But let us not linger on his evil eyeballs. Let’s talk about WHAT MADE HIM SO BAD?! This guy wants to rule the entire world (I do understand that, of course, having a career in it myself) and he likes to play with dark powers (I do not) and kill people (I never). I want a book about his backstory. His CHILDHOOD. I also want to know his name, pleaseandthankyou.
Cain Soren from Gone
Cain is a little nitwit in the first books, and then a suppressed hero in the end. He reminds me of Megamind…he’s the villain, but when a worse villain appears, Cain will fight for GOOD. (Basically to reclaim his title of The Worst Baddie, but still.)
I’d be very happy if ALL authors decided to pause (like Marissa Meyer) and write their villains a prequel.
Even if the villain is dastardly and wicked, I still want to know why. (I always want to know why.) I want a quick stroll in the mind of Pure Evil, sample a cookie from the dark side, and then get back to the characters I will always root for.*
And, let’s admit it, we’re all still shouting, WHERE IS OUR LOKI MOVIE??!
* Although, to be honest, sometimes the protagonists are just as villainous as the antagonists. Have you read Throne of Glass? You’ll see what I mean.
what villains do you wish had novels of their own? do you agree with any of my picks?! or…would you rather never ever ever read from the viewpoints of villains? TELL ALL IN THE COMMENTS!
Cait is feeling insanely soggy at the moment, due to it raining for several days straight. (Also: Cabin fever!) And she can’t take bookish photos which makes her instagram sad. SO! She’s reading! (Surprise!) She just finished Extraction which was hopelessly like Divergent and The Last Time We Say Goodbye which is as depressing as it sounds. Maybe a happy book, eh, Cait? EH?!